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SCIENCE
October 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
People who say they are less sensitive to pain than others could be right. Researchers say they have found a gene that appears to affect how people feel discomfort. Tests in rats showed that blocking increased activity of the gene after nerve injury or inflammation could prevent the development of chronic pain, a finding that points to possible ways to develop new pain drugs.
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NEWS
April 26, 1995 | SHARI ROAN
Antidepressants are being used increasingly to help patients with various health problems.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Szymanski is a frequent contributor to Valley View
Apain in the back has plagued Dolores Kurzhals of Van Nuys for seven years. She can't sit for more than 20 minutes at a time and she had to give up her job as a secretary at an engineering firm after two disk surgeries. She is now on disability and gets depressed about not being as active as she once was. So when she heard about an experiment that studies people with chronic pain and depression, she offered to help.
HEALTH
December 22, 1997
It's a doctor's visit with a difference at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, where traditional Western medicine and Eastern techniques, such as massage and acupuncture, come together. Above, Dr. Jun Liang Yu, with Dr. Ka Kit Hui, massages a patient who has symptoms of chronic fatigue. Yu--who is both physician and massage therapist--says the method is not designed simply to soothe and relax but to treat ailments such as chronic pain by applying pressure to specific points.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
The treatment of hospital patients for acute temporary pain and chronic pain from terminal illness is often "inadequate and insufficient" because of misplaced concern about possible addiction or side effects, while outpatients suffering from other kinds of chronic pain are often overmedicated to the point of addiction, a federal advisory panel concluded Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Lady Gaga needs surgery after suffering from a concert injury, which has led to the cancellation of her "Born This Way Ball" tour. The singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, was experiencing chronic pain that caused the cancellation of four tour shows earlier this week. "After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip,"  a Live Nation post on LittleMonsters .com announced Wednesday.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2002 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
Scientists have proved what so many have long suspected: The very presence of your solicitous spouse can be a pain. By eavesdropping on electrical activity in the most private precincts of the mind, researchers investigating the effects of chronic pain discovered that a husband or wife can make the ache feel three times worse simply by being in the room. All they had to do to make their spouses feel better, the neural probes revealed, was leave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine a sharp, endless toothache, and you still have no idea how much chronic pain hurts. But no one gripes or grimaces at this meeting of the American Chronic Pain Assn. Spinal braces, foam cushions and canes carried into the meeting room at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Westlake are the only visible clues that the 17 members here are suffering. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month, they gather to talk of lives and careers shattered by nonstop pain.
NEWS
February 2, 2002 | ROB FERNAS and DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Bill Stanfill, who played defensive end, can't turn his head more than a few inches because of fused vertebrae in his neck. When he puts his car in reverse, he says, "I ease back until I bump into something." Teammate Manny Fernandez, a defensive tackle, has given up tennis, handball, golf and running because of chronic pain in his knees. "I can walk," he says. "That's about it."
BUSINESS
January 19, 2000 | Dow Jones
I-Flow Corp., a Lake Forest maker of low-cost nerve block infusion kits, said Tuesday it has acquired a San Antonio company for $1.5 million in cash and stock. The company said in a news release that the purchase price for privately held Spinal Specialties Inc. consisted of $750,000 of cash and 200,000 shares of common stock. I-Flow said the acquisition should boost earnings this year. Spinal Specialties, which makes custom, disposable products for chronic pain management, had $1.
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